This is my front porch.
Please forgive how dirty it is (trust me, I am about to explain).
Notice the pot of Gerbera Daisies on the left? It is about to tople over. Unfortunatly, I can't fix it.
You see, we have a family of birds living on our front porch. In the past, the birds that have occupied the nest have been very timid. These birds are NOT timid...
And they DON'T like people.
Can you see the little babies that hatched last week? I know this isn't a great picture, but it is not for a lack of trying.
Last week Annie and I decided to try and get some pictures of the baby birds. We took the step ladder outside and placed it on the walk way (not on the porch...we didn't want to scare the mom and dad). I had my camera (with my zoom lens attached) hanging around my neck. As I climbed up on the step ladder, the mom and dad got angry. In fact, they must have signaled to their entire family. All of the sudden, birds were flying all around us. Actually, they were flying AT us!
As crazy as it sounds, one of them brushed my check with it's wing. I can honestly say, I was scared! As they began swooping closer and closer to us, we ducked. If only I had remembered to lower my hand that was holding my camera. But sadly, I didn't. I banged my head on the top of my camera...hard!
I was laughing and crying at the same time. As I stood up to back down off the ladder, three birds headed our way. Annie squeeled and we ducked...again. This time I banged my chin on the camera...HARD!
And so...these are the best (and only) pictures we will be getting of those crazy birds and their babies.
I am not about to try again!
Oh! And just to irritate me more, they are leaving me with this as a contant reminder.